Nursing home resident killed by car in Lebanon identified

Nursing home resident killed by car in Lebanon identified
Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 12:05 PM EDT
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LEBANON, Ohio (WXIX) - The pedestrian killed early Saturday has been identified.

Leonard Johnson, 74, was hit by a car on State Route 48 Bypass, between State Route 123 and Monroe Road, around 5:30 a.m., according to the Warren County Coroner’s Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol.

OSP says the driver of a 2014 Honda Accord was going northbound on SR 48 Bypass when he hit Johnson.

According to troopers, Johnson had walked away from the Cedarview Rehabilitation and Nursing Care facility prior to the crash. After walking from the facility, he crossed over the fence and walked up the embankment and into the roadway.

The driver of the Honda stopped and called 911.

911 caller: ‘Oh no, I think it might be a person. It was big. It might… I think it might be… It’s not big enough to be a deer I don’t think.”

Dispatcher: “You think it might be a person?”

911 caller: “It might have been. It looked like it was on two feet when I hit it. Oh, I don’t know why they were walking across the street.”

Johnson died at the scene, troopers said.

Driver calling 911: “I’m on 48. I was, I hit something. I think… I don’t know if it was a person. I think it was a person. It looked like a person. It went through my front windshield, it’s in my car right now.”

The driver and the crash are both currently under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. OSP investigators will work on a report and turn their findings over to the Warren County Prosecutors Office who will decide whether or not criminal charges are warranted.

The Lebanon Police Department is investigating the circumstance surrounding how Johnson was able to leave Cedarview. FOX19 NOW reached out to the nursing home’s corporate office in New Jersey, but have not heard back.

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